An important part of learning mathematics is using and understanding mathematical vocabulary. Children need this vocabulary to talk about their work, to ask questions and to explain their thinking.
Target boards are grids with numbers or pictures that can be used to practise using mathematical language.
Counting and recognising numbers with Target Board 4
Print Target Board 4. Point at any box on the target board and ask children to say the number. Point to a number and ask children to say the number of tens and number of ones in that number.
Ask children to:
Find the number 12, or 50 or……….
Put the numbers in the first row in order. Which number is the smallest? Which number is the largest?
Find the largest number on the board.
Find the number that is one more than 35, one more than 11………
Find the number that is two more than 22, two more than 43………
Find the number that is one less than 12, one less than 28……….
Find the number that is two less than 38, two less than 10………
Find all the odd numbers. Find all the even numbers.
Does every column have an even number?
Does every column have an odd number?
Find the number that is ten more than 14, ten more than 40…….. What do you notice?
Find the number that is ten less than 55, ten less than 37…….. What do you notice?
Point at, or put counters on, two numbers. Count from the smallest number to the biggest number and back again.
Choose a number. Count from that number in 2s up to 60 or beyond. Now count back in 2s to your number.
Choose a number. Count in tens from your number. How far can you count?
Now get children to ask their own questions so that they learn to use the correct vocabulary.
Make your own target board.